He toa takitini: if anything needs fixing, it’s our communities, not young people

Morocco Tai died on 9 October. He was 15 years old and driving a stolen car. He died when the car collided with a tree during a police pursuit. His two passengers are both in hospital, seriously injured. I do not know Morocco Tai, but I do know young people in my community of Merivale,… Read More He toa takitini: if anything needs fixing, it’s our communities, not young people

Subject to Garner’s Gaze: racial determinism out here on the edge

Duncan Garner got a rough run of it on Twitter over the weekend after the publication of his 7 October column about a visit to Kmart that prompted some thoughts about immigration. Accusations of racism have led him to quit Twitter, to highlight some of the nastiness on his Facebook page, and to angrily refute… Read More Subject to Garner’s Gaze: racial determinism out here on the edge

That sinking feeling: the Edgecumbe review and our climate change blinkers

An independent report led by Sir Michael Cullen into the failure of Edgecumbe’s stopbank has reported that Edgecumbe residents were not sufficiently warned of flood risks and no evacuation plans were in place. The media is fixated on blame, and given the impact on the lives of local residents, it seems an obvious question to… Read More That sinking feeling: the Edgecumbe review and our climate change blinkers

My advice: don’t let the Secular Education Network nor Bible in Schools near your kids

The Secular Education Network (SEN) has awoken from its year long sleep to again stoke the  public’s fear of its children being indoctrinated by Bible in Schools into that most awful of institutions, Christianity; pray that SEN may drive off these do-gooders so that your children can return to chat groups frequented by men masquerading… Read More My advice: don’t let the Secular Education Network nor Bible in Schools near your kids

Election reflections. NB potentially unpopular.

All political parties are churches. As with churches, there are a small group of any membership who are able to provide a sober reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of their parties, the leadership are realists but the large majority of the membership are believers. The policy platform is a hope; a description of salvation.… Read More Election reflections. NB potentially unpopular.

Fear and loathing in Morrinsville: the corporates hiding behind our farmers

Six hundred farmers and supporters protested in Morrinsville today against Labour and the Greens’ proposed water and pollution charges. Initially it was claimed that it was an apolitical rally, but the organisers put paid to that. Furthermore they claimed it was an opportunity to rebut accusations they felt had been leveled against them. I assume… Read More Fear and loathing in Morrinsville: the corporates hiding behind our farmers

Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana

Thursday 27 July 2017 was a happy day in Tauranga Moana. After a few months of protests, social media campaign, new media appearances, legal opinions and appeals to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Hon Chris Finlayson and Minister of Māori Development Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, we achieved our goal: an agreement by the… Read More Finlayson gets cold feet on a tikanga process in Tauranga Moana